Police Officer

Kannapolis, NC
Kannapolis Police Department

Salary: $50,403.00 – $78,124.00 Annually.

Essential Functions:

  • Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.
  • Subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night.
  • in emergency situations involving speeds more than posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles.
  • Lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects, climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles, jumping down from elevated surfaces, climbing through openings, jumping over obstacles, ditches, and streams, crawling in confined areas, balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Load, unload, aim and fire from a variety of body positions handguns, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, building and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol, and physically checking doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile view and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from specific areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining legible inked fingerprint impressions.


  • Must be a high school graduate or have passed the General Equivalency Development Test indicating high school equivalency.
  • A degree in criminal justice or closely related field from an accredited college or university is preferred.
  • Graduation from Basic Law Enforcement Training or prior law enforcement experience is preferred.
  • The ability to complete a course in Basic Law Enforcement Training approved by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, as well as successful completion of departmental field training under the direction of a certified law enforcement Field Training Officer.
  • Must be 20 years or older at the time of employment.
  • Must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Must be a United States citizen and able to fluently read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must meet all minimum standards for law enforcement employment and be able to acquire and maintain valid law enforcement certification by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Division.